Psalter Week 2 : 8th April 2020 – Wednesday – Midday Prayer

Introduction to each hour (Same introduction used everyday unless stated)

  • O God, come to my aid;
  • O Lord, make haste to help me
  • Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. world without end. Amen.

Opening Hymn (Same hymn used for Week 2 Midday Prayer);

Lord God and Maker of all things,
Creation is upheld by you.
While all must change and know decay,
You are unchanging, always new.

You are man’s solace and his shield,
His Rock secure on which to build.
You are the spirit’s tranquil home,
In you alone is hope fulfilled.

To God the Father and the Son
And Holy Spirit render praise:
Blest Trinity, from age to age
The strength of all our living days.

Psalmody

Anthipon 1 : As the Father knows me, so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

Psalm 118(119): 57-64

My part is to follow the Lord:
I have promised to observe your words.
With all my heart I implore you to your face:
take pity on me, as you have promised.

I have considered my paths
and turned my footsteps to follow your decrees.
I have hurried, I have not delayed
to keep your commandments.

The wicked have wound ropes around me,
but still I remember your law.
In the dark of the night I rise and thank you
for your just judgements.

I am one with all who fear you
and keep your commandments.
The earth is filled with your loving kindness:
Lord, teach me your statutes.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

Anthipon 1 : As the Father knows me, so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

Anthipon 2 : As the Father knows me, so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

Psalm 54 (55)

Open your ears, O God, to my prayer,
and do not hide when I call on you:
turn to me and answer me.
My thoughts are distracted and I am disturbed
by the voice of my enemy and the oppression of the wicked.

They let loose their wickedness on me,
they persecute me in their anger.
My heart is tied in a knot
and the terrors of death lie upon me.
Fear and trembling come over me;
terror holds me tight.

I said, “Will no-one give me wings like a dove?
I shall fly away and rest.
I shall flee far away
and remain all alone.
I shall wait for him who will save me
from the stormy wind and the tempest.”

Scatter them, Lord, and separate their tongues,
for I see violence and conflict in the city.
By day and by night they circle it
high on its battlements.
Within it are oppression and trouble;
scheming and fraud fill its squares.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

Anthipon 2 : As the Father knows me, so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

Anthipon 3: As the Father knows me, so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

Psalm 54 (55)

For if my enemy had slandered me,
I think I could have borne it.
And if the one who hated me had trampled me,
perhaps I could have hidden.
But you – a man just like me,
my companion and my friend!
We had happy times together,
we walked together in the house of God.

Let death break in upon them!
Let them go down alive to the underworld,
for wickedness shares their home.
As for me, I will call upon God,
and the Lord will rescue me.

Evening, morning, noon – I shall watch and groan,
and he will hear my voice.
He will redeem my soul
and give it peace from those who attack me –
for very many are my enemies.
God will hear and will bring them low,
God, the eternal.

They will never reform:
they do not fear God.
That man – he stretched out his hand against his allies:
he corrupted his own covenant.
His face was smoother than butter,
but his heart was at war;
his words were softer than oil,
but they were sharp as drawn swords.
Throw all your cares on the Lord
and he will give you sustenance.
He will not let the just be buffeted for ever.

No – but you, Lord, will lead the wicked
to the gaping mouth of destruction.
The men of blood and guile
will not live half their days.
But I, Lord, will put my trust in you.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

Anthipon 3 : As the Father knows me, so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

Scripture (Romans 15:3)

Christ did not think of himself. The words of scripture apply to him: the insults of those who insult you fall on me.

Short Responsory

  • Ours were the sufferings he bore,
  • Ours were the sorrows he carried.
  • Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. world without end. Amen.

Concluding Prayer

By your will, Lord God,
your Son underwent the agony of the cross
to break the power of Satan over man.
Give your people grace to rise again with Christ,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.

Conclusion of the hours (Repeated at every hour of the day except at night)

May the lord bless us, keep us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen

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NOTE: Please do take note. The readings are taken from https://universalis.com/ and compressed on this site to reduce confusion (basing on the confusions I had when I started Divine Office Readings)